They did it! The uOttawa common law negotiation teams swept the top prizes at the Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition on March 7th at the Law Society. They placed 1st and 2nd in the team category (returning the Walsh Cup to Ottawa where it belongs!) and one of our students won the Best Individual Student prize. This is now the sixth consecutive year that uOttawa has brought home some of the top prizes from the Walsh negotiation competition.
1st Place Overall Team Prize: Lauren Konarowski and Michael Leibovitch Randazzo
2nd Place Overall Team Prize: Kayleigh Pink and Remy Sansanwal
1st Place Overall Best Individual Student: Lauren Konarowski
Professor Lynn Rockman, head coach of uOttawa’s Walsh negotiation team, stated, “This was a team effort in every sense. There were endless hours of demanding training, some tears and lots of belly laughs. The team’s success at the Walsh competition was extraordinary, however I am most proud that they became like a family.”
Professor Rockman reported that her co-coach, Rachel Zweig (3L), worked tirelessly and was pivotal to the team’s success. Student coaches Ravital Zabarsky (3L) and Nicole Robinson (3L) were also an integral part of the team and provided significant assistance.
Professor Rockman stated that she was grateful for the assistance from BLG lawyers Mary Cybulski, Odessa O’Dell, and Brad Yaeger; Dan Hohnstein of Tereposky & DeRose LLP; and former and current uOttawa common law students: Crystal McConkey, Robert Barnes, and Jessica Visser (3L).
The students earned their spot on uOttawa’s Walsh negotiation team by winning the qualifying competition run by Professor Rockman (BLG Negotiation Competition in Family Law). Professor Rockman stated, “The ongoing success of our school’s negotiation competition program is attributable to the continued collaboration with Katherine Cooligan and generous sponsorship by Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP.”
Thirty upper-year students competed this fall in the daylong BLG Negotiation Competition qualifying event. The judges included members of the bench and bar:
Justice Mitch Hoffman, Ontario Court of Justice
Katherine Cooligan, Mary Cybulski, Odessa O’Dell, and Brad Yaeger, BLG LLP
Phil Augustine, Augustine Bater Binks LLP
Kathryn d’Artois, d’Artois Mediation
Dan Hohnstein, Tereposky & DeRose LLP
Ceilidh Henderson, Teshebaeva Henderson
Vinayak Ethiraju, Fresh Legal
Talia Feder, Mason Caplan Roti LLP